Alina W

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Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:49

Don't - dahlias can dry up and die if they get too dry.

pruning larches

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 12:51

And I third that - conifers really should be left alone. A neighbour decided to prune some of theirs, and they looked so dreadful that they got rid of them entirely a couple of years later.

Spring ideas

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 12:01

It's getting a bit late for some bulbs but you can certainly still plant daffodils and crocus, and tulips next month. Avoid snowdrops, though - they will have dried out out of the ground and probably won't grow.

How do I create extra height to my existing fence?

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 11:55

Do be careful that your fence is strong enough before trying to extend it - the extra trellis, combined with climbers, will be heavy.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 11:31

That must be a labour of love, Caz!


Jean, some of my violets are still flowering too, though not as well as yours.

Talkback: Rose blackspot

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 10:43

Roseclear is a good product but it doesn't cure blackspot, it only holds it back. As already said, it does need spraying regularly from the time that the leaves emerge for maximum effect - one or two sprays will do nothing.

Pruning - have a close look at the stems of roses now and cut out any black stains that you see on them - this is the infection waiting to move in next year. Unless you see stains there is no point to pruning roses down to the ground, it won't help. Instead, you should concentrate on removing all fallen leaves, and a good mulch also helps.


Sheila3, roses are very hungry feeders. The fact that the roses were better for a short time after feeding suggests that they need a lot more food and are very hungry.


Posted: 11/11/2012 at 20:33

I feed them sunflower hearts, which they squabble over enthusiastically. Unfortunately, there is still quite a lot of waste.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:55

Bright and sunny after a frost here, too.

Pruning acers

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:01

It's not a brilliant idea with acer palmatum as the smaller acers don't like hard pruning - it is much better to prune them gently and regularly. If you must prune wait until early spring.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 22:59

Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.

Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves

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